EHK School Board discusses reorganization status


January 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board heard an update Monday night during their meeting, on the status of the reorganization process with the Exira Community School District. Superintendent Dean Schnoes said the districts are still moving forward with its plans. Those include each district having obtained 300 signatures on petitions calling for reorganization and presenting them to the Heartland Area Education Agency on January 7th.  The AEA he says will meet with the two school board presidents, and then try to determine if April is still viable as month for a reorganization vote. Schnoes says they still hope for April 9th, but the AEA is not sure the timelines will mesh. It’s possible the vote may have to be moved back to June.

He said they have not yet heard back from the AEA, which is reviewing the petitions, so “No news is good news,” as far as the approval of the petitions and signatures is concerned. Atlantic School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein last week announced the Atlantic High School Auditorium will serve as the site at 6-p.m. March 13th , for a joint public meeting dealing with the Exira-EHK reorganization issue. Schnoes said that the meeting will be for individuals who live in the two districts, and wish to object to the two districts becoming one. They will address the joint board members to express their reasoning against reorganization.

Schnoes said neither he nor officials with the Heartland or Green Hills AEA’s have heard any preliminary rumblings from those who might be considering an objection to reorganization.